|Trying hard isn't enough. At some point the Colts have to win. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Either Jim Caldwell is delusional or out of ideas. Whatever the case, the head coach of the NFL's only winless team this season praised the Colts after their most recent loss for giving their all, fighting hard, keeping their head up and any other variation on the overcoming adversity sports-themed cliches.
“You can see that they are going to fight you until the end,” Caldwell said following Sunday’s game against the Falcons, via to PFT.com. “They’re just going to keep playing and playing extremely hard, but the thing that we have to do is we have to look at our situation and be honest with it, with everybody. The fact that there are some things that we didn’t do well, that’s why we didn’t win. We kind of look at those situations where we turn it over, and where we aren’t effective in terms of our execution.”
We think Caldwell's underselling the bit about "some things we didn't do well." As PFT.com's Michael David Smith points out, Indianapolis lost their last three games by a combined 96 points, and have been outscored by 155 points this season. It's one thing to applaud effort in the face of insurmountable odds when you're talking about the Bad News Bears or Rudy Ruettiger. It's something else entirely when we're talking about professional athletes, many from big-time college programs who are accustomed to winning. There are no underdog stories here.
Apparently, Colts owner Jim Irsay feels similarly. Via Twitter, which seems to be Irsay's primary means of communication these days:
“We will never accept this kind of chronic losing. It’s an unwelcome visitor, that we will not tolerate.”
Last week Irsay was asked about Caldwell's job status and he offered this cryptic explanation: “When it comes to changes and Jim’s status and that sort of thing, it’s something that eight games going forward, more will be revealed. "This situation is always changing. But it’s really going to be always what’s best to give us a chance to win. I don’t have any predictions or any votes of confidence or anything like that. I don’t have any non-votes of confidence. At this point, continuity is a good thing if it makes sense in terms of winning.”
Well, the Colts are 0-9 and you could make a convincing case that continuity is a very bad thing. That said, it sounds like team president Bill Polian, the guy responsible for putting this roster together, doesn't have to worry about losing his job.
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